Srinagar: The government on Friday appointed senior advocate DC Raina as the Advocate General of Jammu and Kashmir.
Raina is the third person in the past 11 months to be appointed as the highest law officer of the state.
His appointment comes a week after Jahangir Iqbal Ganie resigned after he was asked to step down by the governor. Ganie had been appointed as advocate general on June 23 following the resignation by senior advocate Reyaz Jan, who had been appointed as to the post on March 15 last year.
Jan resigned, saying authority, dignity and grace of the office cannot be compromised.
“Advocate general’s position is that of an authority, dignity and grace. If any of the three gets compromised, it loses its charm and one cannot afford to be there and if one does so, probably he undermines the own institution,” Jan had told Kashmir Reader soon after he resigned.
As many as 50 state counsels and heads of commissions and boards were reportedly asked to submit their resignation by Friday morning. Their services were ceased to have existed after the death of former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7. On an average, these counsels represented the state in more than 60 cases a day.
Except for Mufti’s advisor Amitabh Mattoo and political analyst in CM’s office Waheed Ur Rehman Para, no other political appointee had resigned.